Thursday, September 1, 2011
Mosaic Update September 1
Greetings to everyone on this Labor Day Weekend,
Things are going great at Mosaic and I continue to be excited about the totality of the ministry God has called us to. This week, we were blessed in our day program with an abundance of food. This week our homeless, and others who visit us for the next few days are eating shrimp, pork chops, fresh fruit, and the list goes on and on. We are able to do this due to a wonderful donation to our program.
I am also excited this week due to the opportunity on Sunday for my wife and I to visit my daughters church in North Newton to attend our grandsons baby dedication. As a result of that activity, John Stinson will be teaching a very important message on How We Know The Bible Is True. I hope everyone is able to attend, brings some friends and gets some valuable information from John. Last weeks message is available on Vimeo, and I would hope that everyone would go check it out. I posted the message in 2 parts, the first part dealing with how the world sees the church in regards to its treatment of women, and the second part on how they see us in regards to our treatment of homosexuals. I will pick up the series again next week as we look at how Fundamentalism has impacted the world’s view of the church. The links to the messages at the vimeo web site are as follows and I am also posting the videos onto this newsletter:
Part 1 - http://vimeo.com/28306130
Part 2 - http://vimeo.com/28310455
For those that don’t know, Our Vision Team, which meets again, September 10, has challenged us to look at the purchase of a property that is coming available in the very near future. The property, appraised at approximately $400,000 is available for $50,000 - $60,000 I have been busy gathering information regarding that property and I am including a letter attachment that we are sending individuals and locations in trying to raise the money for the property. To think we can be on the same block, have the same ministry, and be in a location that can provide a since of permanence is a blessing. We are praying for God to work on us and the letter will give a lot of information. The Vision Team is unanimous in our effort here and we ask for prayers and help in spreading the word.
In closing, one of the things that has been brought up several times now is the work we are doing and what folks seem to think is the ‘cost’ or ‘attention’ given to the homeless. I want folks to know, Mosaic is doing far more than that, but we are doing ministry, which God has called the church, (not just our church but all churches) to do. Other churches are recognizing that and we are meeting with them. For example, this next week I am hopefully meeting with the pastor at 1st Mennonite Brethren Church, the Director of World Impact Wichita, and I am also doing a training on the missional church for Westside Baptist Church at Mosaic on September 13 at their request. I am also planning a meeting with the pastor of Inovo a church that is close by on how we can replicate ministry. There are a lot of churches where the focus is almost entirely on self, yet, scripturally, while there is disciplining and training taking place, we need to remember, that training responsibility is to train others to carry out and do ministry, or if you will, missional ministry. We also can’t change the reality that we have to surrender and do the things God has called us to, and if we look at Scripture, the call to ministry to the poor is a given, and very clear throughout the Bible. It is why we see people expressing an interest in what we are doing, and a reason we are seeing fruit. Even this week, I am speaking to another individual about his commitment to follow Christ and his desire to be baptized. God is good, and we need to look at the call to win souls, and then disciple them in the salvation, calling, and work of following Jesus. Of course that is done in surrender, not per say works, but being on the forefront to see these things happen is a blessing. Thankfully there are enough volunteers to help with the day program that I am now able to get many more things done than in the past.
As always, the bulletin is attached. Please make note of the Drive-Inn option for next week, we hope we can have as many as possible attend. Bring your lawn chairs, find folks to ride with, and it will cost $10 per car load. It is a great deal and opportunity for us to spend some time together in the community.
Lastly, we now have a way folks can contribute to Mosaic online. If interested in sharing with Mosaic online you can visit the following link and do so. Just designate what your gift is for when you donate, you can designate gifts for ‘general funds,’ ‘capitol campaign,’ or ‘homeless program.’
If the button doesn’t appear, you can give at the following link - https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=G6KQJMMUS72CA
All contributions to Mosaic are tax-deductible. If mailing contributions to Mosaic, you can send them to the following address:
216 S. Market St.
Wichita, KS 67202
Blessings to you and have a great week.
The following is the video of part 1 of this last weeks sermon:
The following is part 2 of the same sermon:
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